Seq # 135010020

Incurvaria masculella (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: Feb. 22, 2021, 2 p.m.

A common species throughout Belgium.


Family: Incurvariidae > Genus: Incurvaria > Species: Incurvaria masculella
Vernacular names
Gewone witvlekmot (NL)
Incurvaria muscalella (Fabricius, 1787)
First mention in Belgium
De Sélys-Longchamps E. 1844. Énumération des insectes Lépidoptères de la Belgique. — Mémoires de la Société royale des Sciences de Liége 2: 1–35. On page 25. view page




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


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The young larva makes a circular blotch mine in the leaves of trees or shrubs. Later instars drop to the ground in a case cut from the blotch. This case is subsequently replaced by a bivalved one made from two oval pieces of dead leaf. The caterpillar then eats dead leaves. It hibernates fully-fed in that case. Pupation in early spring in the case amongst leaf-litter.
The moths are active during the day.

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Flight periods

One generation a year: from late April till the end of May.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Crataegus and Rosa

Mainly on the leaves of Crataegus and Rosa, but also on different species of trees and shrubs.

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